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Method

of
Football
RRDM 2009/10.
Introduction
This document defines, in an objective way, the game model/plan
and its principles.

My objective is that all the clubs coaches understand the KEY


ideas that lead and Co-ordinate all the processes related to
building a successful squad.

In this way, Academy, Youth & Reserve teams can organise their
work accordingly to what is being done in the first team.

Also, and regarding the club’s scouts, this document specifies the
player’s profiles per position. In this manner all referenced players
should meet these demands.

I don’t want to influence your own identity and ideas as football


coaches, but if everybody is embodied in the same principles, we
will collect benefits in the future.

THE MOST IMPORTANT THING


IS THE CLUBS’ SUCCESS!

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Philosophy

The development of the clubs philosophy must be


based on three fundamental principles:

• THE TEAM PHILOSOPHY IS AS IMPORTANT AS THE TEAM

• THE IDEA OF “TEAM” IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE


PLAYER AS AN INDIVIDUAL

• THE PLAYERS MUST FEEL THE NEED TO DEFEND THE


CLUB’S HISTORY AND CULTURE
Vision

TO BE A SUSTAINABLE CLUB IN THE


ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE

PLAYING ATTRACTIVE AND ATTACKING


FOOTBALL WITH THE MOST NUMBER
OF YOUNG, GIFTED PLAYERS FROM
THE ACADEMY BASE
Objectives
All club coaches know objectively the key ideas that co-ordinate all the
building process of the 1st team.

Ideas to remember
Players must “love to want” the ball. Always look to have attacking spirit.

Our team must defend zonally. It all starts up front-by means of an


early pressure.

The pressure is always done on the ball and not on the player.

It is important to occupy spaces and do so while showing concentration.

It is also important to retain the idea that when a team defends,


the field of play must become “shorter”.

Quality passes and quality control must be more and more the main
characteristic of OUR TEAM.

We must always worry to play good football with aggressiveness and


charisma with or with out the ball.

The team must know how to rest with the ball. To rest with the ball is only
achievable when spaces are well occupied.

The main tactical idea is based on having the clear notion that the
most important thing in modern football, besides scoring goals is
to HAVE THE BALL.

3 or 4 midfield players should be keen on “wanting the ball” and input


that to the rest of the team.

A team that constantly opens lines of pass, and is capable of


maintaining possession.
Objectives

A PERFECT USE OF PLAY IS ONLY ACHIEVABLE USING:


A GOOD CIRCULATION, AND;

1 GOOD POSITIONAL PLAY (MOVEMENT OF PLAYERS)


2 FORMING LINES OF PASS (PLENTY)
3 TRIANGLES
4 CONTROL THE SPEED OF PLAY
Objectives
It is also important to dominate transition periods particularly in
offensive transition where players must make the best choice and adopt
the best position.

Our system is based on good positional play, lines of pass and triangles
for a perfect use of the field, in the different phases of play.

Where the team doesn’t have possession the players must concentrate
on pressure, covers, and particularly on zonal defending.

We can change the structure;


a structure = a system
However the system is not the most important thing;
The style is CREATIVE & OFFENSIVE

It is important that the player in the Apex or Midfield knows how to


switch the orientation of play and knows how to split the game.

The most important thing in a team is to have a game plan/model


independently from the use of one or another player.

Another important thing is:


It’s us, the way we play and how we systemise our model.
Objectives
5 11

10
4

1 6 9

3
8

2 7

The 4x3x3, the two central defenders, the defensive midfielder and the striker form
the basis of our team and are the strong hold of our system.

It is important to have offensive combinations;


1 fullback with 1 winger, or
1 offensive midfielder with 1 winger
Always allowing correct distances and support angles, things that you should work
and practice in the sessions.

Central backbone of our system (4x3x3) consists of:


One pivot
Two central defenders
One striker
• The central defenders must know how to control the speed of play, always be in a
position to receive the ball. Have quality in the first pass, intelligent in keeping
possession and be able to change the orientation of play and playing deep.

• “Drop back” to make the field bigger – in possession.

• “Push up” to shorten the field – when the team defends.

• Players must be fast in short, medium and long distances and have capacity to
win 1v1 duels.
Objectives
The defensive midfielder is the key. We ask him to have practically all the qualities
of the other positions, to keep space and distance, to make direct passes and to
divide the game and score goals.

When a player defends he must know how to control the different types of marking.

Be audacious/intelligent when applying pressure. Confident, responsible and


always be safe in his actions (not giving the ball away.

Full backs must have precision in the 1st pass and be good on positional play.
Intelligent when asking for the ball always alert to close-up spaces and to prevent
crosses from the opposition.

There must be space and freedom for the constant mobility for positional changes
but also for the creativity of our players.

The group must be balanced tactically and diverse in each others characteristics.
However the players must be able to understand each others positions so that
positional changes can function properly.

A change of position between 2 players in the same system must happen


BUT the players have to understand that when they change position, they also
change their functions.

What gives pleasure to a coach must be the relationship between training and the
game itself.

There must be close relationship between what is done in the training session
and what you ask for in your game organisation and in your offensive and
defensive principles.

We believe in quality training, in quality feedback and feeding forward. In repetition


and systemisation.

The best way to win is to play well, be dominant


and to play without fear in any stadium and against
any adverse situation.
Objectives

I like my team to dominate possession and to keep the team shape even in the
hardest moments. To circulate the ball from side to side in order to penetrate to
have good positional sense.

As well as a good defensive block that plays with the lines close together.

The team must circulate the ball at speed always related to good positional sense.
The speed of the players run’s are important so that they can exploit space and
create dangerous situations in the opponents area.

If that is to be achievable players must understand that the game is also played
with your brain.

It is important that they’re able to understand game situations in training.


We can help them by giving correct feedback (Guided discovery).

The training philosophy is related to the game. It is important that the players train
at the highest intensity and concentration.

The specificness of the exercise consists of relation (real or unreal) than an


exercise has with the situations that arose in the game.

From complex situations you can work on various aspects of the game

(Technical, tactical, psychological) and at the same time stimulate the players brain
and concentration because the nature of the exercise is related to a game situation

When training we should also stimulate the players asking more and more out of
each other so that this can reflect in the game when we are under intense pressure
or purely not focused.

When our team defends a set play (a corner) we put two/three players near the
halfway line so that we can surprise our opponent with a quick counter attack.
1. Game Principals
OFFENSIVE TRANSITION
(from losing to winning the ball)
POSSESSION / OFFENSIVE ORGANISATION
• Scoring goals (plenty)

• Create chances (in number)

• Create use of space and time regarding the opponent and team players

• Having possession during the most possible time


The most important objective is to take advantage from a positional
disorganised opponent and to create chances to score as soon as possible

DEFENSIVE TRANSITION
(from winning to losing the ball)
DEFENSIVE ORGANISATION
• Avoid goals

• Avoid the creation of goal scoring opportunities

• Correct understanding and use of time and space in relation to the


position of team players and the position of the opponents

The most important objective is to quickly reorganise ourselves to


avoid opposition from taking advantage of our spaces
Game Principals
TRANSITION
(from losing to winning) OPPONENT
DISORGANISED
CREATE SCORING
CHANCES GOALS
POSSESSION OF OPPONENT
THE BALL ORGANISED

1. GAME PRINCIPALS

TRANSITION TEAM
(from winning to losing) DISORGANISED
WIN BACK AVOID
THE BALL GOALS
DEFENSIVE TEAM
ORGANISATION ORGANISED
Game Principals
1st Phase of Play
Construction up from defence

2nd Phase of Play


Preparation through midfield

POSSESSION
3rd Phase of Play
Creation of chances

4th Phase of Play


Finishing (scoring goals)
2. System of Play

GENERAL
SYSTEM

2. SYSTEM OF PLAY TEAM

SPECIFIC
SYSTEM

2.1 GENERAL

2.2 SPECIFICALLY
System of Play
2.1 GENERAL IDEAS
2.1.1 Ball Possession
• Choose the correct option
• Quality ball circulation, with perfect use of space, using;
• Positional play
• Lots of lines of pass
• Form support triangles
• Control the rhythm of play
• Use of speed

2.2 SPECIFICALLY
2.2.1 The system in general

2.2.2 The system specifically

• The system is based on our vision of ball possession,


when we don’t have it; we adapt ourselves to the opponent
qualities and system

2.2.3 Transition (possession-loss-possession)

• Make the best choice

• Adopt the best positions

• Pressure on the ball; with perfect control of the field of play, using;

• Between lines

• 1 against 1

• 1⁄4 - 3⁄4 y 3⁄4 - 1⁄4

• 1⁄ 2 - 1⁄ 2
System of Play: 1-4-3-3

5 11

4 10

1 6 9

3 8

2 7
System of Play: 1-4-4-2 (Diamond)

4 8 11

1 6 10

3 7 9

2
System of Play:

VERTICAL
LINE

SYSTEM IN DIAGONAL
IN LINES LINE
GENERAL

HORIZONTAL
LINE
System of Play: in lines – 1-4-3-3

5 11

4 10

1 6 9

3 8

2 7
System of Play: in lines 1-4-4-2 (Diamond)

8 11
4

1 6 10

3 9
7

2
System of Play: 1-4-3-3

5 11

4 10

1 6 9

3 8

2 7
System of Play: 1-4-4-2 (Diamond)

4 8
11

1 6 10

9
3 7

2
System of Play:
Against Other Teams
The system has its basis on dynamic positional play.
Lines of pass and supporting triangles for a perfect
use of space in the different phases of play.

POSSESSION

Players must always be in a position where


they can receive the ball

LOSS

Players must respect and work defensively


(pressure, cover, zonal thinking)
System of Play: 4 x 3 x 3 against 1-4-4-2

5 11

4 10

1 6 9

3 8

2 7
System of Play: 4 x 3 x 3 against 1-4-4 (Diamond) - 2

11

10
5

1 4 6 8 9

3
2

7
System of Play: 4 x 3 x 3 against 1-4-4 (Diamond) - 2

5 11

4 10

1 6 9

3 8

2 7
System of Play: 4 x 4 x 2 (Diamond) against 1-4-4-1-1 y 1-4-2-3-1

5 11

4 10

1 6 9

3 8

2 7
System of Play: 4 x 3 x 3 against 1-5-3-1-1

5 11

4 10

1 6 9

3 8

2 7
System of Play: 4x4x2 (Diamond Shape) against 1-5-3-1-1

8 11
4

1 6 10

3
7 9

2
System of Play: 4x4x2 (Diamond Shape) against 1-4-3-3

8 11
4

1 6 10

3
7 9

2
Descriptions

TACTICAL ASPECTS

MENTAL CONDITION
TRANSITION
(from losing to winning)

POSSESION
TECHNICAL ASPECTS

PHYSICAL CONDITION
3. Main Characteristics of
The Players in our System

1
TACTICAL Qualities

2
PERSONALITY

3
TECHNICAL Qualities

4
PHYSICAL Qualities
3. The Players in our System

NUMBER 1
1. Possession 2. Loss

1. TACTICAL
2. PERSONALITY
3. TECHNICAL
4. PHYSICAL

1
3. The Players in our System

5 11

4 10

1 6 9

3 8

2 7
TACTICAL
Qualities for Number 1

1. SPEED CONTROL
• With ball
• Without the ball

2. POSITION
• Positional Play
• In order to receive a back pass from
• Defenders

3. COMMUNICATION WITH TEAM MATES


• Choice
• Look and play deep
• Keep possession and play short

4. CONTROL OF DIFFERENT ZONES


• The goal
• The penalty area
• The midfield
PERSONALITY
of Number 1

1.
Will/desire to avoid goals

2.
Responsible and disciplined

3.
Stable and precise in its actions – avoiding risks

4.
Lead and organise from the back

5.
Capacity to communicate:
• With defenders
• With midfielders
• With forwards (IF POSSIBLE)
TECHNICAL
Qualities of Number 1

POSSESSION LOSS

1. 1.
Use of speed Shot control

2. 2.
Pass, coming out, Cross control
footwork

3. 3.
Throwing technique Depth and penetration
with feet or with pass control:
hands • In game situations
• In Set Plays

4.
Control of
1 vs 1 situations
PHYSICAL
Qualities of Number 1

1.
Speed in short and medium distances

2.
Speed of thought and reaction

3.
Strength – to defend the ball

4.
Strength in duels:
In the air
In 1 v 1 situations

5.
Passing power
Hands and feet (passing and exiting)
3. The Players in our System: lines of pass

5 11
4

10

1 6 9

3
2 7
3. The Players in our System: lines of pass

5
4

11
8

1 6 10

7
9

3
2
3. The Players in our System

NUMBERS 3 AND 4
1. Possession 2. Loss

1. TACTICAL
2. PERSONALITY
3. TECHNICAL
4. PHYSICAL

3 4
3. The Players in our System

5 11

4 10

1 6 9

3 8

2 7
TACTICAL Qualities of
Number 3 and 4

POSSESSION LOSS

1. Speed control 1. Awareness


• With ball
• Without ball

2. 2. Communication:
Always in position to • With team mates and in
receive the ball relation to the opposition

3. Choice 3. Control the different


• 1st pass (confident / no risk) types of marking:
• Keep possession • 1 vs 1
and play short • Between the lines
• Change direction of play • 1/2 - 1/2
• Play deep

4. Passive to active
passing

5. Always in stance to
think and execute
PERSONALITY
for Number 3 and 4

1. Killer Instinct/Mentality

2. Leader and Co-ordinator

3. Disciplined and Responsible

4. No risks, safe passing and play

5. “Drop back” and make field bigger in the


1st phase of play

6. “Push up” and shorten spaces in the 2nd phase of play

7. Show himself to receive the ball

8. Keeping and controlling position

9. Attitude to assume marking (1 vs 1)


TECHNICAL Qualities of
Number 3 and 4

1.
USE OF SPEED

2.
TECHNIQUE AND PASSING QUALITY
• Distance (short, medium and long)
• Direction (from left to right)

3.
CAPACITY TO PUT BALL IN PLAY
PHYSICAL Qualities for
Number 3 and 4

1.
Speed in short, medium and long distances

2.
Heading capacity
Jumping power
Stature / height

3.
Duel capacity

4.
Agility
3. The Players in our System: lines of pass

5 11

10
4

1 6 9

3 8

2 7
3. The Players in our System: lines of pass

4 8 11

1 6 10

3 7
9

2
3. The Players in our System

NUMBER 6
1. Possession 2. Loss

1. TACTICAL
2. PERSONALITY
3. TECHNICAL
4. PHYSICAL

6
3. The Players in our System

8 11
4

1 6 10

3
7 9

2
TACTICAL Qualities for
Number 6

POSSESSION LOSS

1. Speed control 1. Awareness

2. 2. Communication:
Always in position to • With team mates and in
receive the ball relation to the opposition

3. Choice 3.
• Keep possession Acuteness in applying
• Change direction of play
pressure on the ball
• Direct passes

4. Control the different


4. types of marking:
Keeping space and • 1 vs 1
distance or creating it • Between the lines
• 1/2 - 1/2

5. 5. Passive to active
Act as 2nd or 3rd man phase

6. Score goals 6. Always in stance to


think and execute
PERSONALITY
for Number 6

LEADER AND CO-ORDINATOR


• Keeping space and distances
• Creating spaces
• Control of the pressure on the ball

DISCIPLINED AND RESPONSIBLE


• Always in position to receive the ball
• Play 1st support passes with no risk
• Keeping position

SELF – CONFIDENCE

AUTHORITY

CHARISMA

SAFETY AND ASSURANCE IN ALL ACTIONS


TECHNICAL Qualities for
Number 6

1.
USE OF SPEED

2.
PASSING AND SHOOTING TECHNIQUE
Distance (short, medium and long)
Direction (from left to right)

3.
DRIBBLE TO PASS
Vision to pass to the left and right and in depth
PHYSICAL Qualities for
Number 6

1.
Speed, mainly in short distances

2.
Changes of pace / rhythm
Capacity to play and organise at different speeds

3.
Co-ordination

4.
Agility

5.
Duel capacity (defensively)

6.
Impulsion to head the ball (defensively)
3. The Players in our System

5 11

4 10

1 6 9

3 8

2 7
3. The Players in our System: lines of pass

5 11

4 10

1 6 9

3 8

2 7
3. The Players in our System: lines of pass

11
4 8

1 6 10

3 7
9

2
3. The Players in our System

NUMBER 2 AND 5
1. Possession 2. Loss

1. TACTICAL
2. PERSONALITY
3. TECHNICAL
4. PHYSICAL

2 5
3. The Players in our System

5 11

4 10

1 6 9

3 8

2 7
TACTICAL Qualities for
Number 2 and 5

POSSESSION LOSS

1. 1.
Speed control Orientation / awareness
• With the ball
• Without the ball

2. Choice 2.
• 1st pass Communication
• Keeping possession • With team mates and in
• Change direction of play relation to the opposition
• Deep passes - through
the centre or flanks

3. Positional Play 3. Control the different


• Always in position to types of marking
receive the ball • 1 vs 1
• Between the lines
• 1/2 - 1/2

4. 4.
Intelligence to ask Passive to active phase
for the ball
PERSONALITY
for Number 2 and 5

1. DISCIPLINED AND RESPONSIBLE


• Always in a position to receive the ball
• No risk in the 1st passing option
• Awareness
• Keeping position
• Run to short or close spaces
• Avoiding crosses

2. WILLINGNESS TO WORK FOR THE TEAM


• In attack
• In defence

3. ALWAYS PLAY WITH CONFIDENCE


TECHNICAL Qualities for
Number 2 and 5

1.
USE OF SPEED OF PASS

2.
CONTROLLING THE BALL
1st touch / correct surface

3.
PASSING AND SHOOTING TECHNIQUE
Short, medium, long distance,
through the flanks or in depth left or right
PHYSICAL Qualities for
Number 2 and 5

1.
Speed, in short, medium and long distances

2.
Changes of pace / rhythm

3.
Duel capacity

4.
Agility
3. The Players in our System

4 8 11

1 6 10

3 7 9

2
3. The Players in our System: lines of pass

5 11

4 10

1 6 9

3 8

2 7
3. The Players in our System: lines of pass

11
4 8

1 6 10

3 7
9

2
3. The Players in our System
NUMBER 8 AND 10
(7 & 8 in 4x4x2)
1. Possession 2. Loss

1. TACTICAL
2. PERSONALITY
3. TECHNICAL
4. PHYSICAL

8 10
3. The Players in our System

5 11

4 10

1 6 9

3 8

2 7
TACTICAL Qualities for
Number 8 and 10

POSSESSION LOSS

1. 1.
Speed control Orientation / awareness
• With the ball
• Without the ball

2. Positional play 2.
• Always in position Communication:
to receive the ball • With team mates and in
• “Open stance / body” relation to the opposition
in order to see team mates
• Look to exploit spaces
opened up by the forwards
• Option between 2nd
or 3rd man

3. Choice 3.
• Creating opportunities or Intelligence to
• Scoring goals pressurise as a team

4. Control the different


types of marking:
• 1 vs 1
• Between the lines
• 1/2 - 1/2
PERSONALITY
of Number 8 and 10

1. DISCIPLINED AND RESPONSIBLE


• Always in a position to receive the ball
• Quality 1st touch and control
• Quality 1st pass
• Game awareness
• Keeping position

2. WILLINGNESS TO WORK FOR THE TEAM


• In attack
• In defence

3. ALWAYS PLAY WITH CONFIDENCE


• To make penetrating runs
• To score goals
• To recover position
• To defend (individually or for the team)
TECHNICAL Qualities for
Number 8 and 10

1.
USE OF SPEED
1st touch / 1st control / In order to shoot

2.
PASSING AND SHOOTING
Short, medium, long distances through the
flanks or in depth
Left or right
3.
DRIBBLING
Dribbling to pass / To score goals
To create a 2 vs 1 situation
4.
SHOOTING FROM OUTSIDE THE PENALTY AREA
5.
HEADING
To score / To pass the ball to a 3rd man
To “flick” it back
PHYSICAL Qualities for
Number 8 and 10

1.
Speed, in short, medium and long distances

2.
Changes of pace / rhythm

3.
Speed resistance capacity

4.
Co-ordination

5.
Passing capacity

6.
Shooting capacity

7.
The impulsion to head the ball (in attack)
3. The Players in our System

4 8 11

1 6 10

3 7 9

2
3. The Players in our System: lines of pass

5 11

4 10

1 6 9

3 8

2 7
3. The Players in our System: lines of pass

11
4 8

1 6 10

3 7
9

2
3. The Players in our System
NUMBER 7 AND 11
1. Possession 2. Loss

1. TACTICAL
2. PERSONALITY
3. TECHNICAL
4. PHYSICAL

7 11
3. The Players in our System

5 11

4 10

1 6 9

3 8

2 7
TACTICAL Qualities for
Number 7 and 11

POSSESSION LOSS
1. 1.
Speed control Orientation / awareness
• With the ball
• Without the ball

2. Positional play 2.
• Always in position Communication:
to receive the ball • With team mates and in
• “Open body” to face goal / relation to the opposition
penalty area
• Knowledge of depth /width
• Position in relation to
ball carrier

3. Choice 3. Intelligence to close


• Cross • 1 vs 1 spaces for the team
• Pass • Shoot

4. Reaching positions 4. Recovering balls


inside the penalty area

5. Passive to active phase

6. Always in stance to
think and activate
PERSONALITY
of Number 7 and 11

1. DISCIPLINED AND RESPONSIBLE


• “Open up” or “push up” in order to make field bigger
• Keep position
• Choose where to receive ball (inside / outside)
• Orientation / awareness

2. WILLINGNESS TO WORK FOR THE TEAM


• In attack
• In defence: close up spaces and avoid deep
passes from opposition

3. WITH CONFIDENCE
• To create goal scoring opportunities
• To make good passes or good crosses
TECHNICAL Qualities for
Number 7 and 11

1.
USE OF SPEED IN PASS
Receiving the ball
1st touch / 1st control

2.
CROSSES
Fast crosses: low or in the air, curving cross
moving away from the deeper, or between
keeper and defenders
Slow crosses: depends of keepers position,
defenders and forwards (1st or 2nd post), pass back,
create space for the cross, cross avoiding opponent,
dribble inside or outside to cross or to shoot

3.
PASSING
3rd support passes, 2nd support
and 1st support passes

4.
SCORE GOALS
Balls in the air / Balls on the floor
PHYSICAL Qualities for
Number 7 and 11
1.
Speed, in short, medium and long distances

2.
Technique whilst running (co-ordination)

3.
Changes of pace / rhythm
(Being able to play at different speeds)

4.
Passing and crossing capacity

5.
Dribbling capacity

6.
Shooting capacity

7.
Impulsion / heading capacity

8.
Agility
3. The Players in our System: lines of pass

5 11

4 10

1 6 9

3 8

2 7
3. The Players in our System
NUMBER 10 (only in 4x4x2)
1. Possession 2. Loss

1. TACTICAL
2. PERSONALITY
3. TECHNICAL
4. PHYSICAL

10
TACTICAL Qualities for
Number 10

POSSESSION LOSS
1. 1.
Speed control Orientation / awareness
• With the ball
• Without the ball

2. Positional play 2.
• Always in position Communication:
to receive the ball • With team mates and in
• “Open stance / body” in relation to the opposition
order to see team mates
• Look to exploit spaces
opened up by forwards
• Change position with strikers

3. Choice 3. Intelligence to
• Creating opportunities or pressurise as a team
scoring goals
• Deep in penetration runs

4. Controlling the
different types of marking
• Between lines
• 1 vs 1
• 1/2 v 1/2

5. Passive to active pass


PERSONALITY
of Number 10

1. DISCIPLINED AND RESPONSIBLE


• Always in a position to receive the ball
• Quality 1st touch and control
• Quality 1st pass
• Game awareness
• Keeping position

2. WILLINGNESS TO WORK FOR THE TEAM


• In attack
• In defence

3. ALWAYS WITH CONFIDENCE


• To make penetrating runs
• To score goals
• To recover position to defend (individually or for the team)
TECHNICAL Qualities for Number 10
1.
USE OF SPEED
2.
RECEIVING THE BALL
1st touch / 1st control
In order to shoot
3.
PASSING AND SHOOTING
Short, medium, long distances, through the flanks
or in depth
Left or right
4.
DRIBBLING
Dribbling to pass / To create a 2 vs 1 situation
To score a goal
5.
SHOOTING FROM OUTSIDE THE PENALTY AREA
Balls in the air / Balls on the floor
6.
HEADING
To score / To pass the ball to a 3rd man
To “flick” it back
PHYSICAL Qualities for
Number 10
1.
Speed, in short, medium and long distances

2.
Changes of pace / rhythm
(Being able to play at different speeds)

3.
Speed resistance capacity

4.
Co-ordination

5.
Passing capacity

6.
Shooting capacity

7.
Impulsion to head the ball (in attack)
3. The Players in our System

4 8 11

1 6 10

3 7 9

2
3. The Players in our System: lines of pass

4 8 11

1 6 10

3 7 9

2
3. The Players in our System
NUMBER 9 (9 and 11 in 4x4x2)
1. Possession 2. Loss

1. TACTICAL
2. PERSONALITY
3. TECHNICAL
4. PHYSICAL

9
TACTICAL Qualities for Number 9
POSSESSION LOSS
1. 1.
Speed control Orientation / awareness
• With the ball
• Without the ball

2. Positional play 2.
WITHOUT THE BALL: Communication:
• Always in position to receive • With team mates and in
• Face to face relation to the opposition
• In depth (off shoulder)
• Always in position to score
WITH THE BALL:
• Choose to score directly
• Choose to score indirectly
• Creates occasions to score
• Keeps possession of the ball

3. Intelligence to
pressurise as a team

4. Controlling the
different types of pressure
• Between lines
• 1 vs 1
• 1/2 v 1/2

5. Always in stance to
think and execute
PERSONALITY
of Number 9

1. KILLER INSTINCT / MENTALITY

2. WITH CONFIDENCE
• In oneself (to create goal scoring opportunities)
• In the team mates and team

3. DISCIPLINED AND RESPONSIBLE


• “Push deep” as much as possible in order to make the
field bigger
• Keep or change positions and functions

4. WILLINGNESS TO WORK FOR THE TEAM


• In attack
• In defence
TECHNICAL Qualities for Number 9
1. USE OF SPEED

2. RECEIVING THE BALL


1st touch / 1st touch to the side, back or deep in
order to take a new action

3. KEEPING THE BALL


Dribbling and passing deep / Goal (space in front)

4. PASSING
Short or medium pass back, to the sides or deep –
both feet
Penetrating pass (chip also)

5. DRIBBLING
To pass the ball / To score a goal

6. SCORING
Short and medium distances
From the sides, from deep positions,
after an individual action
Both feet, and with the head

7. HEADING
To score (as above)
To pass to a 2nd or 3rd man
To “flick” back
PHYSICAL Qualities for
Number 9
1.
Speed, in short, medium and long distances

2.
Technique whilst running
(co-ordination and quality 1st touch)

3.
Changes of pace / rhythm
(Being able to play at different speeds)

4.
Passing capacity

5.
Dribbling capacity

6.
Finishing capacity (with head also)

7.
Duel capacity

8.
Agility
3. The Players in our System

5 11

4 10

1 6 9

3 8

2 7
3. The Players in our System: lines of pass

5 11

4 10

1 6 9

3 8

2 7
Game Model / Plan

TRAINING MODEL

EXERCISE MODEL

SPECIFICNESS
OF THE GAME MODEL
Structured &
Inter-related Training
Structured Training

Inter-related Training

TO IMPROVE TECHNICAL
ELEMENTS WITH
PHYSICAL BASE

Conditional Skills

COGNITIVE CO-ORDINATIVE INTERPERSONAL


SKILLS SKILLS SKILLS
How Academy
Football Works
Training Sessions

RESERVES

16 (plus) years

YOUTH

16 – 19 years

ACADEMY

9 – 16 years
Building a Session
Under 9 / Under 16
Warm – up

Interrelated technical exercises

Football

Rounds

Position work

Maintaining possession of the ball

Competitions

Recovery

Warm down

Reserves down to 16 years


Warm – up

Objective – quality

Other objectives

Recovery

Competition

End of session warm – down,


flexibility & stretching
Integrated Education

To train good people

To instill healthy lifestyle habits

For them to be happy with the


way of life they have chosen

A responsible approach
to schoolwork
STRUCTURE
Interaction between coaches

PHYSICAL
COACHES
TRAINERS

• ORGANISATION OF TRAINING
• METHODOLOGY OF SESSIONS
• TEACHING PROJECT
• ASSESSMENT

COACHES BY LEVEL

PROJECTS & OBJECTIVES


FOR THE SEASON

DESIGNING TACTICAL TEAM


THE TEAMS SYSTEMS PHILOSOPHY
OBJECTIVES
of The Training Sessions

They must learn the basic


concepts of football

Assimilate a specific physical


preparation

Acquire a sufficient technical level

Learn to develop their talent in


the context of a playing system

AND ALL OF THE ABOVE WHILE ENJOYING


THEMSELVES THOROUGHLY
OBJECTIVES
in Matches

Try to win while being a


more sporting team

Try to win by playing


football very well

And at last but not least,


to win on the scoreboard!
INTEGRATED
EDUCATION

PHYSICAL &
SPORTS EDUCATION

INTEGRATED
INTELLECTUAL EDUCATION MORAL
EDUCATION OF THE EDUCATION
FOOTBALLER
OBJECTIVES
of Academy Base
from 9 year olds to 16 year olds
AT A TECHNICAL LEVEL

We work on all basic aspects:


• Shooting
• Driving the ball
•1v1
Although to develop the playing philosophy of grass roots
football, the most important aspects are:
• Controlling the ball and passing
• Focusing heavily on the weaker leg
• Specific technique training

AT A TACTICAL LEVEL

• We use the same basic system


as the 1st team – 1-4-3-3

• And they also learn about the more


offensive variant 1-3-4-3

• The most important thing is NOT the playing system

• The most important thing IS the playing style

• Creative and offensive


PHILOSOPHY
Support for The Player
WHAT IS A FOOTBALLER?

Conditional skills
Co-ordination skills
Cognitive skills
Interpersonal skills
Will power
Creative & expressive skills

Immediate training
Daily training
Weekly cycle
Structured micro-cycle

Medium – term training


Objectives for the season

Long term training


Long term objectives
HOW SHOULD I PLAY?
HOW SHOULD I TRAIN?

Exercises based on controlling,


passing and shooting

Rounds

Maintaining possession

Positioning

Combinations of actions

Manoeuvres in 2 & 3 with/without


opposition

Sort matches

Technical-tactical training with all


or part of the team

Football
OBJECTIVES
of Academy Base

1st TEAM

RESERVE
More TEAM
Competitive

Academy Base
16 - 19 year old

Academy Base
13 - 16 year old
More
Formative
Academy Base
9 - 12 year old
ROUNDS
2x2x2

3 2
5

4
POSITIONING WORK
2 x 4 + 3C

3 1

C 4 C
C

4 2
POSITIONING WORK
5 x 5 + 2C

3 1

C 4 5 5
C

4 2
POSITIONING WORK
6 x 6 + 2C

3 1

2 6
C
5
4
5 C 6
1

4 2
POSITIONING WORK /
BUILDING THE PLAYING SYSTEM
7 x 7 + 3C

3 4

3
2 4
6
5
2 5
8 10

8 10
7 11
9

9
POSITIONING WORK /
BUILDING THE PLAYING SYSTEM
7 x 7 + 3C

3 4
4
3 5
2
6 5

2
8
8 10
7 10 11
9

9
POSITIONING WORK /
BUILDING THE PLAYING SYSTEM

11
3
11 3

10
10
5
5

1 6 9 9 6 1

4
8
8 4

2
2 7
7
COMBINED ACTIONS WITH
DECISION TAKING

11
3

10

1 6 9 1

4
8

2
7
PLAYING SYSTEM

5 11

10
4

1
6 9
3
8

7
2
PLAYING SYSTEM

3 11

10

1 6 9

4
8

2 7
PLAYING SYSTEM
1-4-3-3

3
11

10
5

1 6 9

4
8

7
2
COMBINED ACTIONS WITH
DECISION TAKING
1-3-4-3

11
5

10

3
6
1 9
4

2
7